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Exhibition

Sealed Domain

Exhibiting Artists: Crispin (Cris) Villanueva Jr.

Venue: Utterly Art 229A South Bridge Road > venue details

Dates: 30 Mar 2011 - 10 Apr 2011

Sealed Domain is about the haunting presence of bubble wrap, the ubiquitous packing material, in my work. Partly concealing and partly revealing the things that it covers, it corresponds to the provisional intent of cleansing all thoughts of our conscious selves when pretending to make sense of objects, and loosening our powers of perception on a variety of subjects.

The bubble wrap as an encompassing medium not only signifies change, but also effects change.  It can cover anything, therefore it can own anything that it wraps; my hand-painted bubbles which I reluctantly own as a signature are my 'Bubble Franchise'. Thus painting in one of my periodic Ostrich modes, I have opted to use the bubbles again as an analogy for partly disclosing yet another neat pattern of nothingness.

With all limitations, this dares the receiver to entertain the charges that the works and the process are in trouble, making the vulgar construe the products to be precious or worthless. The bubble wrap is a disruptive visual icon utilized to deal with enigmatic issues of supplying alternative subjects or imagery encountered in contemporary painting.

A sealed domain.



Exhibited Works

Greatness in Any Form Arouses Envy

2011

4ft x 5ft
Oil on canvas
SGD$5600

The Past is Over and the Future has Not Yet Arrived

2011

4ft x 4ft
Oil on canvas
SGD$4700

Making the Vulgar Take Things to be Precious or Worthless

2011

4ft x 4ft
Oil on canvas
SGD$4700

The Game is Up (after Rockburne)

2011

4ft x 3ft
Oil on canvas
SGD$3800

Flags and Targets

2011

4ft x 3ft
Oil on canvas
SGD$3800

The Golden Mean (after Kosuth)

2011

4ft x 3ft
Oil on canvas
SOLD

Hindsight: A Striking Modernity

2011

4ft x 3ft
Oil on canvas
SGD$3800

Riddled

2011

4ft x3ft
Oil on canvas
SGD$3800

Bidding Against Oneself

2011

4ft x 3ft
Oil on canvas
SGD$3800

Artist

  • Crispin (Cris) Villanueva Jr.

    Philippines

    Cris Villanueva Jr.'s works draw ideas from commonplace objects, classical and popular culture, literature, art,  history and his own life, and he has a signature style of painting bubble wrap over his finished painting to 'own' the work indelibly. He is a member of the historic groupings of Salingpusa and Madruguada, and a triple winner at the Philip Morris Philippine Art Awards, including Juror's Choice (2006, 2010) and the Grand Prize (2005).

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